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Order of Baptism of Children

The new translation of The Order of Baptism of Children (Revised Rite of Baptism for Children) was recently approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See for use in the dioceses of the United States of America beginning with the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2020) and mandated for use on Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020).

“Dear parents and godparents: Your family has experienced great joy at the birth of your child, and the Church shares your happiness.” —Order of Baptism of Children (OBC), “Rite of Receiving the Child”

With these words the minister may greet those present at the rite of Baptism of a child.

This second edition of the order of baptism will guide your community’s celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for children and infants. It has been updated to be consistent with the current translation of the Roman Missal. The second edition gives the option to use the new greeting cited above and an expanded Litany of the Saints. It also has a helpful new appendix laying out the order of baptism of children within Mass.

The updated second edition is necessary for bishops, priests, and deacons who are the ordinary ministers of baptism. This ritual for Baptism may be used as of February 2, 2020, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and must be used for all baptisms of children beginning on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. It is approved for use in the dioceses of the United States.